Documents and interviews reveal that managers either haven't taken safety precautions seriously enough to prevent outbreaks or made decisions that have increased the risk of infection.
Public records reveal tension between political and health concerns at the highest levels of Oregon's government in late April, as reopening plans were finalized.
Hospitals claim they have enough personal protective equipment but health care workers disagree.
Citing unsafe conditions, health care workers in Oregon for weeks have been pushing for greater transparency around how much personal protective equipment hospitals have on hand.
If Oregon pandemic officials had a TV show these last two months, it could be called "In Search of Swabs" — and just about every episode would be deeply unsatisfying.
In a confusing joint appearance, Gov. Kate Brown, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Friday evening that Oregonians should avoid non-essential trips in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Dr. Renee Edwards, chief medical office for Oregon Health & Sciences University, said Wednesday that the university supports ordering Portland-area residents to stay in their homes and "shelter in place."